Fly Sydney to Brussels in 4 Hours — Emissions Free!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 27, 2008 in Science |


As a kid I grew up looking at how much cooler the Concorde (or at least the early prototypes of it) looked next to the old fashioned jumbo jets of the era, I just sort of assumed that in the future supersonic air travel would rule the day. Well sadly it’s the year 2008 and the Concorde is history, although maybe supersonic air travel isn’t quite dead yet:

MACH-5 A2: Fly Sydney to Brussels in 4hrs – Emissions Free!

“In a hurry? Need to get from Sydney to Brussels in a dash? Not too far in the future you may be able to travel that entire distance in less than 4 hours – emissions free – thanks to an amazing hypersonic hydrogen jet project called LAPCAT. LAPCAT stands for Long-Term Advanced Propulsion Concepts and Technologie, and is funded by the European Space Agency. This type of hypersonic jet would put the Concorde to shame with it’s speed, and the best part is that it would not be powered by the typical fossil fuels, but instead by a much greener hydrogen alternative.

Supersonic aviation as a workable model may have ended prematurely with the death of the Concord, but that hasn’t stopped other people from attempting to bring back the concept of hypersonic civil transportation. The LAPCAT project is a study, funded by Europa General R&D, that seeks to determine whether or not it is possible to create a plane that can cover long distances in a very short amount of time. The result? The A2 Mach 5 Civil Transport Concept.”

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